People quit their jobs. This is nothing new. But the way they go about it is changing. Recently, employees are engaging in a practice that has been coined as “quiet quitting.” This is concerning for employers. As recruiters we’ve seen the stories and have spoken to employers about it. 

On the surface, it sounds like a new way for people to exit an organization. But the real meaning behind this trend is quite different. Below, we’ll talk about the rise of quiet quitting and how to know if an employee is doing it in your place of work:

Engineering recruiters share how to know if employees are quiet quitting


What is quiet quitting?

Quiet quitting is not actually about quitting. Rather, it’s a term that refers to how people approach their jobs. It’s a way of managing burnout and maintaining good mental health. 

What people are actually quitting when they refer to quiet quitting is going above and beyond for the employer. They are no longer willing to work extra hours for nothing. They are not willing to take on additional responsibilities without being compensated for their efforts. It’s about being fairly compensated. It’s similar to other types of workplace initiatives of the past such as work to rule. 

People don’t actually want to quit. They still want to work, but they don’t want work to consume them. They want to leave their work at the office when they go home for the day.  

6 signs an employee is quiet quitting

Here are some of the top signs an employee is engaging in quiet quitting:

  • Employees doing the bare minimum
  • People clocking out exactly at 5 pm
  • Employees are no longer willing to work overtime hours 
  • Employees are not willing to perform tasks or take on responsibilities that are not included in their job descriptions
  • People only doing tasks as specifically described in their contracts
  • People are no longer willing to hustle, grind it out, or go above and beyond

While these are the main signs of quiet quitting, it doesn’t necessarily mean people are deliberately doing less. Rather, they are doing what they are getting paid for based on their job description. They are no longer willing to do more for the chance to get promoted or recognized. They want the compensation to reflect what they are doing now – in real-time. 


Learn More From Our Recruiters About How to Deal With Employees Who May Quit

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Tanya Schwartz Toronto Recruiter

Tanya Schwartz

Tanya is a Senior Director, Client Services, with more than 20 years of experience headhunting across numerous industry sectors, including Fashion, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Administration, Retail, and Sales Recruitment. Her broad and lengthy track record of experience makes her a go-to partner for searches across all industries.

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